September 2023: It was with great sadness that we shared the news that Fr Cownley passed away. We, as a school community will keep him in our hearts and prayers and remember the 22 years of service which he gave to this parish. The requiem Mass for Fr Cownley was held in the parish church on 12th October 2023 at 12pm. On Thursday 11th December a Mass of remembrance was held in school, children from Year 6 read the readings and representatives from Classes 1 to 6 shared a prayer of remembrance for Fr Cownley.
St. Gregory's is a Catholic School and teaching is given in accordance with the doctrine of the Catholic Church.
We view religious education as a journey of faith formation involving every member of the school community, together with the pupil's family and parish community. The school has received a leading aspect award for this initiative.
This religious ethos is to be found across the whole curriculum and not just within the formal RE timetable. Religious Education is a core subject in its own right in the school curriculum and as such is taught, developed and resourced with the same commitment as any other subject.
There is no provision to withdraw children from the formal RE provision within school.
Children attend Mass in school, led by Fr Gerry (currently supporting our school community). Classes take it in turn to prepare and lead Mass with many opportunities for children to develop their faith journey through participating in different roles in Mass in school through reading, altar server duties and leading the offertory procession. Masses held in school are an opportunity for children to experience Mass with their school friends and become more familiar with the signs, symbols and words used in Mass, they will then have a greater understanding of the Sunday Mass when they attend with their families. Masses in school do not replace Sunday Mass.
All members of the local community are welcome to join us at Mass, please see our calendar for Mass dates and times, usually Thursday at 9:30a.m.
Throughout the school children are encouraged to serve others as Jesus did. There are many opportunities for this including being part of Mini Vinnies, the school council, organising charity events and supporting charity events whilst developing an understanding of the impact of charity on our local, national and international family.
Children are developing the skills for leading liturgical worship and prayer services in whole school collective worship and individual classes. The school uses The Ten:Ten resource to support this. The importance and reverence devoted to Collective Worship is modelled by all staff throughout the school.
Our Lady of Good Counsel and St Gregory the Great Church
Three Shires Oak Road
Telephone: 0121 429 1743